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Cathie Campbell

What to do with leftover turkey

A lot of people say they always have too much turkey left over from their Thanksgiving meal. Once in a while, I do too, but most of the time, after I give leftover packages to guests, that isn’t a problem. If you end up with more turkey than you expected, here are a few ideas for using it up. I am grateful for a lot of things, one being that I have all of you, my kitchen friends. Peace to each of you and all your families.

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Passion for Pets

Jenny Evans says she has a gift of Spirit, one that she wants to share, one that can soothe those grieving the loss of a cherished pet, and help others understand a pet’s behavioral problems or health issues by telepathically connecting with the animal.

Cathie Campbell

Stuffings for Fall meals

Thanksgiving is getting closer and closer and many of us are looking forward to having our favorite traditional meal of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, etc. I am one of the folks already imaging a table laden with all those goodies. I also like to try something new or different, to see how well it goes over (hopefully, it doesn't go over the deck railing and onto the ground). I love all sorts of stuffings, and not just the ones that go along with the turkey. I am including a recipe for stuffed acorn squash that I thought was very good and I hope you like it too. I am also sharing a recipe that I have written about before, just because some folks have asked for it again. (I am glad to know that I am not the only one who clips recipes and then sometimes loses them.) Even my youngest son preferred that stuffing to the traditional one. I came up with it when I was doing the no-carb thing, or rather, cutting way back on carbs. I will post that one first in line. So, on with the show, and it is my hope you are all keeping warm and cozy. I have a feeling we are in for some extra-cold weather this season.

Cathie Campbell

Invite cranberries to the table

Every holiday season, I look forward to anything made with cranberries. They taste so good (when sweetened) and their ruby-red color is beautiful. When I was growing up, we got our cranberry sauce from cans, and placed both the whole berry and jellied types on the table, as everyone had their preference. I liked the jellied kind best, but later in life, I experienced how delicious homemade whole-berry cranberry sauce is. I like both kinds equally now and place a dish of each on the table for guests. But sauce isn’t the only way to enjoy cranberries, of course. We can bake many things with them, and a couple of favorite recipes for baked goods are included here. Let’s roll out that red carpet for cranberries. (That reminds me of the time at a local grocery store when the lid to a very large carton of blueberries popped open and I dropped the whole thing on the floor. It was a carpet of blue rather than red, as the berries rolled everywhere. I did help clean them up, but still felt so bad.)

Cathie Campbell

Here’s to your health appetizers

Holidays usually mean you can expect lots of great food. And the usual laments such as “Oh, I really shouldn’t eat this” or “Wow, I gained weight just looking at that.” That’s understandable, as many of us (myself included) have at least one sort of health issue. So I decided to browse around for some appetizer recipes that don’t come with a ticket to Guilt City. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to partake from the appetizer platters rather than look longingly but then pass them by? Granted, there is no shortage of recipes that are so good they make you want to do a double back flip but they are horrible health-wise. By the way, I was never one to even consider doing a single back flip let alone a double one, but just mentioned it for emphasis. My great athletic feat I perform every day is putting on my shoes and socks. Okay, here I go exaggerating again. I’d better get to those recipes before I get any sillier. Oh, and feel free to increase the recipes for as many dinner guests as necessary.

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Breaking bread

More than 12,000 meals have been served over the past 13 years at the New Community United Methodist Church every Wednesday night to anyone who wants to come and partake.

Cathie Campbell

Time to pick a pot

Fall is here and winter is right around the corner, so if you are looking for some cold-weather recipes, you may want to consider choosing an old-fashioned comfort food like pot pies for a dinner meal. They are also very good for a Halloween night meal, especially if you take your children out for school carnivals or for trick or treat adventures. You can make the pot pies ahead of time so making dinner can be crossed off your list of things to do. When my kids were little, they wanted to do the school carnival and door-to-door trick or treat, so I was very busy. Add to that helping them with their costumes and yeah, you know what I mean. That's when moms (and sometimes dads or grandparents) sort of wish they could duplicate themselves. One version in the kitchen and one helping the kids. Speaking of dinner, kids are probably way more interested in eating the candy they hope to get, rather than what's on the table, but health comes first, of course. Have fun and stay safe and warm.

KOMB

Organic Waste Recycling

Keep Our Mountains Beautiful (KOMB) applauds Emadco for being proactive implementing the Organics Recycling Laws for Commercial and Multifamily Dwellings, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

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Couple celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary

The McBriens will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary on Jan. 17, 2018. A gathering took place Aug. 27 to celebrate two birthdays, that of Robert (Bob) McBrien, who turned 90 on July 14, and his wife Mille, who will turn 90 tomorrow, Oct. 20. So if you see her out and about, be sure to wish Mille a very happy birthday. “Everyone who knows these two is inspired by their love for each other, their family and friends,” said friend Kris Rush.

Cathie Campbell

Warm up with hot beverages

When the weather is warm, I don’t crave hot beverages of any kind. I never was a year-round morning coffee drinker and I can still see my former co-workers cringe as they poured their coffee in the office kitchen, and I popped open a can of cola and poured it into a glass of ice. That was back when I consumed caffeine. But now that the weather is changing and there is a chill in the air, especially in the mornings, I get those K-cups going. Of course, I must add some sugar and flavored coffee creamer, preferably pumpkin spice.

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Hiking Shuteye Peak

Our destination was the Shuteye Peak lookout at 8,351 feet above sea level and, yes, there actually is a four-wheel drive road to the seasonally manned tower but Mark and Betsy Blum and I were looking for a hike.

Cathie Campbell

Time for pumpkin recipes

Well, here we are in my favorite month of the year, October. One of my favorite things about this time of year is my collection of pumpkin recipes. Of course, one doesn’t need to wait until October to make such things, but the season gets me inspired to dig around in my fall recipes. Please do take care to purchase (or grow) the pumpkins that are called cooking or pie pumpkins, as the ones usually used to Jack-o-lanterns are stringy and tough. You can still make a pie out of one, but it won’t be as good as a pie made from the cooking type. I know some people are saying oh yes, I can, you just haven’t tasted one of my pies. I admit I have had a sampling of pumpkin pie made from a Jack-o-lantern pumpkin and I can’t say it was awful, but it wasn’t nearly as good as using puree from a pie pumpkin. This is just my opinion, and the following recipes call for canned pumpkin. I hope you are all looking forward to a cozy October. We sure do have a lot of firewood this year to keep warm with. Would rather have the live trees, though.

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